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  • Fans of Solar Don’t Want Sun Shining on Toxic Waste (panels contain)

    02/19/2016 3:03:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Rhino Times ^ | 2/18/16 | Mark Shiver
    Solar panels contain toxic, hazardous materials and there are no regulations in North Carolina on how to dispose of them. Also, there are no plans in place to deal with what could happen if a storm destroyed a solar facility. The Environmental Review Commission met last week and began a discussion about the toxic materials in solar panels, what to do with expired solar panels and what to do in the event of an accident or natural disaster involving a solar facility. Chaired by Sen. Trudy Wade (R-Guilford), the commission heard from Tom Reeder, NC Department of Environmental Quality assistant...
  • US rejects protections for greater sage grouse across West

    09/22/2015 7:19:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | Sep 22, 2015 | Gruver
    The Interior Department said Tuesday that the greater sage grouse, a ground-dwelling bird whose vast range spans 11 Western states, does not need federal protections ... The fight over whether to list the bird as endangered or threatened recalled the battle over the spotted owl 25 years ago, where federal protection greatly impeded the logging economy. ... could help defuse a potential political liability for Democrats heading into the 2016 election; ... House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop said Tuesday's announcement was a "cynical ploy" intended to mask the fact that the Obama administration has imposed limits on development...
  • Bowie Coal Mine In Colorado Lays Off 150 Workers

    10/30/2014 10:29:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    KVNF ^ | October 30, 2014
    Bowie Resource Partners says it has eliminated 150 jobs at the Bowie #2 coal mine near Paonia. ... Last year the shutdown of another mine in the region caused nearly 300 people to lose their jobs. That coal mine is in Somerset. In the release, Bowie says it will provide the 150 laid off workers with 60 days of wages and benefits.
  • Sage grouse's fate shaping energy development in US West

    12/04/2014 1:00:37 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | December 04, 2014 | MATTHEW BROWN and MEAD GRUVER
    Sales of leases on 8.1 million acres of federal oil and gas parcels — an area larger than Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined — are on hold because of worries that drilling could harm greater sage grouse... the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s delay on the parcels underscores just how much is at stake for an industry that finds its future inextricably intertwined with a bird once known primarily for its elaborate mating display. The grouse’s huge range, covering portions of 11 states and an area more than four times as big as New England, includes vast oil, gas and...
  • Ramping up is hard to do when logging in northern Arizona

    08/03/2014 3:06:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun ^ | August 1, 2014 | Eric Betz
    How do you turn hundreds of thousands of acres of smallish trees into a profitable product? If you’re the Campbell Group, contractors for the Four Forests Restoration Initiative, you do it the old-fashioned way: Convert timber into lumber. Company officials say they will forgo more costly biofuel efforts for now as they prepare to thin 300,000 acres of northern Arizona forests. But the company faces a challenge even larger than the small trees. The logging industry has all but vanished from this region of the country. To thin that many acres, they’ll need drastically more loggers, trucks and mills. At...
  • Obama Administration Ignores Reporting Law as Prairie Chicken Population Increases

    07/23/2014 5:58:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 22, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    A new study shows the lesser prairie chicken population has exploded by 20 percent prompting concern by western lawmakers that the Obama administration acted hastily when it listed the bird as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The aerial survey conducted last month by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies showed the grouse species numbers jumped from 18,747 to 22,415. That study plus the Agriculture Department’s tardiness in reporting conservation efforts to Congress as required by law prompted a letter from lawmakers including Colorado Republican Rep. Scott Tipton demanding the report. “We request that your department provide this...
  • Nevada Militia To Feds: ‘Control Our Borders, Not Our Ranchers’

    04/13/2014 6:20:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 41 replies
    CBS LAS VEGAS ^ | April 11, 2014
    The rural Nevada showdown between federal government officials and militia members protecting rancher Cliven Bundy has evolved into a battle of government “tyranny,” with many newly arriving militiamen rolling in to draw a line in the dirt about 70 miles northeast of Las Vegas. ... “This is a better education than being in school! I’m glad I brought you. I’m a good mom,” Ilona Ence, a 49-year-old mother from St. George and Bundy relative who brought her four teenage children to the ranch, told the Las Vegas Sun. “They’re learning about the Constitution.” Ence’s teenage sons posted up a sign...
  • Wyo spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation, Barrasso on LNG exports and more

    03/26/2014 8:24:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 | BENJAMIN STORROW
    Wyoming has spent $7.9 million on sage grouse conservation since 2005. That was the finding of a new report by the Western Governors Association, which inventoried the efforts of 11 western states to protect the bird and its habitat. The report comes in advance of an expected 2015 ruling by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over whether to add the species to the endangered species list. The sage grouse's listing could curtail energy development throughout the West. ... Utah, by comparison, spent $8.8 million on improvements to sage grouse habitat in 2013 alone.
  • Threat of sage grouse endangered species listing is real, could cost Utah billions

    03/05/2014 9:22:47 AM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 18 2014 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    The sage grouse's potential addition to the endangered species list is a problem of epic economic consequences to states in the West, with Herbert explaining that the impact in lost economic development in Utah tops $41 billion for the oil and gas industry alone. "The negative impacts are not acceptable to me and should not be acceptable to anyone here," Herbert told the crowd. The event at the Utah Department of Natural Resources' auditorium is actually a precursor to a national summit that will be held in Salt Lake City this fall. ... a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision...
  • Sage-grouse could become mining’s ‘Spotted Owl on Steroids’ - AMEA

    02/27/2014 9:31:25 AM PST · by george76 · 19 replies
    MINEWEB ^ | 04 Feb 2014 | Dorothy Kosich
    Federal designation of the Greater Sage-grouse as threatened or endangered could result in the withdrawal of over 17 million acres from mining ... Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service of making an unprecedented attempted to limit multiple use on public lands through use of “the Spotted Owl on Steroids”—the Greater Sage-Grouse. ... BLM and Forest Service’s real purpose “is NOT sage-grouse conservation.” “Rather, the so-called conservation measures are designed to: Find another way to implement the draconian land use restrictions in the aborted Wild Lands Policy and Secretarial Order 3310; Dramatically reduce and even prevent mining, energy...
  • Feds begin killing barred owls to help save spotted owl

    12/21/2013 4:47:51 AM PST · by Innovative · 82 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 21, 2013 | AP
    An experiment to see if killing invasive barred owls will help the threatened northern spotted owl reverse its decline toward extinction is underway in the forests of Northern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that specially trained biologists have shot 26 barred owls in a study area on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation northeast of Arcata, Calif. The service is spending $3.5 million over six years to remove 3,600 barred owls from sites in Oregon, Washington and California. It is not unusual to kill one species to help a threatened or endangered one. Cormorants and sea lions...
  • Feds to Protect “Endangered” Mouse ( and kill NM, AZ & CO farmers/ranchers/oil/gas )

    06/27/2013 3:24:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 25, 2013
    American taxpayers will be tremendously relieved to know that the U.S. government is hard at work trying to get official endangered status for ... the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse and the feds want to designate it a critical habitat protected under the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 law signed by President Richard Nixon to protect species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” The federal government’s list of more than 1,300 threatened or endangered species ... The Service is proposing to designate around 14,561 acres of critical habitat along streams...
  • “Spotted Owl Of The Range” Threatens To Block Obama’s Nominee To Lead Interior Dept.

    03/23/2013 9:54:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | March 22, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    Sally Jewell on Thursday breezed through a committee vote to lead the Interior Department but the agency’s proposal to list the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens to block her nomination from reaching the full Senate. ... some Republican lawmakers were not satisfied with Jewell’s responses to written and oral questions about her past association with the National Park Association’s lawsuits against the government and future plans to list the sage grouse as an endangered species. Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) threatened to put a hold on Jewell’s nomination before it goes to a floor vote unless the agency commits...
  • Lawmakers, Utah sheriffs want to rein in renegade BLM, Forest Service officers

    03/02/2013 12:48:31 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 28 2013 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Multiple rural county sheriffs from Utah testified Thursday about the abusive use of police power by Bureau of Land Management rangers or forest protection officers with the U.S. Forest Service. They are asserting it is time to rein in the authority the agencies should have never been allowed to exercise. Sheriffs from San Juan, Kane and Garfield counties spoke in favor of HB155, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, which proposes to limit BLM rangers and forest protection officers from exercising police power over state and local laws unless someone's safety is at risk or federal contracts are in place...
  • Large group grouses at sage grouse hearing ( UN 21 in Utah )

    02/17/2013 5:30:02 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    San Juan Record ^ | Feb 13, 2013
    More than 200 people crowded into the Monticello High School auditorium on February 7 for a public hearing on the proposed designation of endangered species status for the small population of Gunnision Sage Grouse in San Juan County. Representatives from the US Fish and Wildlife Service faced a mostly hostile but mostly respectful crowd. They were there to explain the rationale behind the proposed designation and how it may affect the area. Two rules are proposed: one would designate the bird as an endangered species and the other would designation large swaths of land as critical habitat. San Juan County...
  • US taking steps to protect Gunnison sage grouse

    01/12/2013 5:35:12 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    ap ^ | January 10, 2013
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ... has proposed designating 1.7 million acres in southwest Colorado and southeast Utah as critical habitat for the bird ... The designation sometimes, but not always, means restrictions on human activities on that land. The public and the scientific community have until March 12 to comment before the agency makes a final decision on whether to list the Gunnison sage grouse as endangered.
  • Obama the Job-Killing Owl-Killer

    11/28/2012 5:50:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | November 28, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Welcome to the pretzel logic of liberal environmental protection: In order to "save" owls, the Obama administration is going to shoot them dead. This is not -- I repeat not -- an Onion parody. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, the White House released a big fat policy turkey: its final critical habitat rule for the endangered northern spotted owl. The Obama plan will lock up 9.6 million acres of land (mostly, but not all, federal) in Oregon, Washington and northern California. This is nearly double the acreage set aside by the Bush administration. Thousands of timber workers (along with untold thousands...
  • Thanksgiving eve surprise: Feds to block off 9M acres for spotted owl

    11/22/2012 8:46:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Human Events ^ | November 21, 2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration announced with little fanfare Thanksgiving eve plans to lock up nine million acres of land for the endangered Northern Spotted Owl. The plan would double the amount of public forest lands proposed by the Bush administration for the owl’s habitat in Oregon, Washington and Northern California, and is expected to severely limit commercial activities like logging. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said he is concerned the plan will cost taxpayers millions of dollars. “Expanding the Northern Spotted Owl’s critical habitat will further endanger the timber industry, the thousands of jobs that...
  • BLM hosts interactive social and economic public workshops for sage-grouse planning effort

    06/14/2012 4:26:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    fox reno ^ | June 14, 2012
    RENO -- As part of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) National Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, the BLM and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are holding interactive social and economic public workshops. ... Interested partners will be guided on how to contribute social and economic information in the development of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement to amend Land Use Plans throughout the Greater Sage-grouse’s range in Nevada and Northeast California. They will also provide an opportunity for individuals to provide information regarding the use of public lands resources, how public lands influence their quality of life and how the BLM and U.S....

    06/14/2012 2:42:40 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 32 replies
    Liberty News Network ^ | June 12, 2012 | Duane Lester
    A Spotted Owl may do what Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo, the Clanton gang, the Gunfight at the OK Corral and two major fires couldn’t do: destroy Tombstone, known throughout the century as “The town too tough to die!” According to several CNN reports, Tombstone may soon run out of water because of a broken 26-mile water pipeline, which runs through a National Forest....
  • COMMENTARY: It’s time to judge forest policy by its result, not by its intent

    05/27/2012 6:26:52 PM PDT · by Twotone · 10 replies
    The Register-Guard ^ | May 27, 2012 | Rob Deharpport
    Failed federal policies implemented by unelected agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management during the past 30 to 40 years remind me of a quote from the late economist Milton Friedman: “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” The Northwest Forest Plan enacted by President Clinton in 1994 may have had good intentions, but it has failed catastrophically.
  • Make this call in the wild: Should Oregon shoot barred owls to save spotted owls?

    02/09/2011 11:15:51 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies · 1+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 05, 2011 | Eric Mortenson,
    Nothing's worked. Not the clamp on federal timber sales that hammered Oregon's mill towns. Not the lawsuits or the listing as an endangered species. The belated work to retain and restore its favored old-growth habitat will take decades to unfold. Twenty plus years of trying to save the northern spotted owl and it's still slipping away. Come summer, federal wildlife officials expect to finish a draft environmental impact statement that most likely recommends taking to the woods with shotguns. Over the next year, in three or more study areas from Washington to northern California, they might kill 1,200 to 1,500...
  • Obama administration plan would kill rival bird to save spotted owl

    02/28/2012 8:08:37 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Tuesday, February 28, 5:46 PM | unattributed
    To save the imperiled spotted owl, the Obama administration is moving forward with a controversial plan to shoot barred owls, a rival bird that has shoved its smaller cousin aside. The plan is the latest federal attempt to protect the northern spotted owl, the passive, one-pound bird that sparked an epic battle over logging in the Pacific Northwest two decades ago. The government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird’s population continues to decline — a 40 percent slide in 25 years. A plan announced Tuesday would designate habitat considered critical for the...
  • A Tree Party Rebellion

    09/18/2011 8:15:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Communities all over the country feel that their hands are tied with one-size-fits-all DC Brand Red Tape. The rules and regulations prevent them from doing what is best for their specific circumstances. The situation has escalated to the point where elected officials are now taking charge to do what is local and logical. What took place this weekend in the rural New Mexico town of Cloudcroft could become the model for all who want to cut the red tape. Hundreds of people were at what is being called the “Otero County Tree Party” in support of realigning the federal government...
  • Human intervention; killing barred owls to help spotted owls

    09/05/2011 4:58:10 PM PDT · by SJackson · 37 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | March 01, 2011
    Wildlife biologists are proposing to shoot hundreds or even thousands of Pacific Northwest barred owls as a way to protect the endangered Northern spotted owl. Barred owls are larger, more aggressive and have been taking over spotted owl territory for the past 20 years. The proposal to shoot barred owls is part of a federal spotted owl recovery plan that will be released soon. Whether to intervene in what some see as a natural competition between species is a matter of hot debate among biologists, conservationists and the timber industry, which argues that we've set aside huge chunks of habitat...
  • Obamacare Mandates

    05/12/2011 8:21:50 AM PDT · by BubbaJunebug · 3 replies
    Friend | 5/12/2011 | Unknown
    Splinters in Her Crotch! A woman from Los Angeles who was a tree hugger, a liberal Democrat, and an anti-hunter, purchased a piece of timberland near Colville, WA . There was a large tree on one of the highest points in the tract. She wanted a good view of the natural splendor of her land, so she started to climb the big tree. As she neared the top she encountered a spotted owl that attacked her. In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to the ground and got many splinters in her crotch. In considerable pain,...
  • Saving the Spotted Owl

    02/23/2011 1:38:31 PM PST · by TheConservativeCitizen · 26 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 02-23-11 | Hal Jordan
    For no reason I know of, the thought of endangered species came to mind on Tuesday morning. Then I saw this article and started wondering about synchronicity. I’m sure it’s just coincidence, but the entire story is so improbable that it seems like an April Fool’s Day joke. I don’t even know whether to laugh or cry or howl in rage. Back in the late 80s/early 90s, the Great Spotted Owl provided employment for way too many environmental activists and caused unemployment for way too many loggers. We were assured that if the logging industry would stop cutting down trees,...
  • Killing Owls to Save Owls. Why can’t liberals accept Darwinian competition among owl breeds?

    02/22/2011 6:50:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/22/2011 | Lou Dolinar
    First they came for the loggers, destroying 30,000 jobs and countless lives. Now they’re coming for the Barred Owl. Anyone remember the Great Spotted Owl Controversy? Back in the late 80s and early 90s, it was the first major instance of the environmental movement (with the cooperation of Al Gore and the Clinton administration) using the Endangered Species Act to accomplish their stealth goal — in this case driving productive mankind out of millions of acres of federally owned old-growth forest. When a judge ruled that cutting down trees endangered the picky owl’s habitat and had to end, it sparked...
  • GOP hits Pelosi for mouse funds

    07/10/2009 7:28:18 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 11 replies · 1,459+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-10-09 | S. A. Miller
    The tiny mouse that became a hotly disputed symbol of wasteful spending in the $787 billion economic stimulus bill has returned to pester House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Obama administration revealed last week that as much as $16.1 million from the stimulus program is going to save the San Francisco Bay Area habitat of, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. That has revived Republican criticism that the pet project was an "invisible earmark" in the massive spending bill for Mrs. Pelosi, whose San Francisco district abuts the Bay, and epitomizes what Republicans say is the failure of...
  • Judge overturns Bush administration logging rule

    06/30/2009 5:58:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies · 844+ views
    AP ^ | June 30, 2009 | Jeff Barnard
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday struck down the Bush administration's change to a rule designed to protect the northern spotted owl from logging in national forests. U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled from Oakland, Calif., that the U.S. Forest Service failed to take a hard look at the environmental impacts of changing the rule to make it easier to cut down forest habitat of species such as the spotted owl and salmon on 193 million acres of national forests.
  • Mystery Deepens into Disappearance of Conservative Humboldt Co Radio Host in Redwood Forest

    04/27/2009 7:06:08 AM PDT · by locke22 · 4 replies · 864+ views
    Old Glory Radio ^ | 04/27/09 | Old Glory Radio
    On April 22nd 2009, a man and his dog entered the ancient redwood forests of Humboldt County Ca. Only the dog returned. The camera was found two days later. Old Glory Radio Morning Report 04/27/09 - LINK TO FOUND CAMERA FOOTAGE -
  • Obama Picks Spotted Owl Over Loggers

    04/01/2009 6:44:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies · 890+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 1, 2009
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Department of the Interior has told a federal court that it will not defend the Bush administration's decision to cut back protections for the northern spotted owl. The action could affect logging in western Oregon.
  • Obama won't defend Bush's spotted owl cuts

    04/01/2009 11:31:05 AM PDT · by pissant · 4 replies · 853+ views
    SJ Merc News ^ | 4/1/09 | Jeff Barnyard
    GRANTS PASS, Ore.—The Obama administration has notified a federal court that it will not defend the Bush administration's decision to cut back protections for the northern spotted owl. In a motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., lawyers for the Department of Interior said they based the decision on an inspector general's report finding political interference in owl protections by a former deputy assistant Interior secretary, Julie MacDonald. If the spotted owl measures developed by the Bush administration are withdrawn, it would become difficult for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to go forward with plans to...
  • So Much For Saving The Spotted Owl

    08/03/2007 8:45:58 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 44 replies · 1,126+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 8/2/2007 | Michael Milstein
    So Much For Saving The Spotted Owl By MICHAEL MILSTEIN   A spotted owl on National Forest land west of Veneta, Ore. (Photo by Torsten Kjellstrand)     OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — Two decades after the wrenching drive to save an obscure bird divided Americans and reshaped the economy of the Pacific Northwest, the northern spotted owl is disappearing anyway.Even the most optimistic biologists now admit that the docile owl — revered and reviled as one of the more contentious symbols the nation has known — will probably never fully recover.Intensive logging of the spotted owl's old-growth forest home...
  • WA: Judge halts logging in owl habitat

    08/01/2007 8:40:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 599+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/1/07 | Donna Gordon Blankinship - ap
    SEATTLE - A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday to stop Weyerhaeuser Co. from logging in spotted owl habitat on four parcels of private land in Washington. U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman did not grant, however, an additional request by the Seattle Audubon Society to stop the state of Washington from granting permits to log in spotted owl habitat. The injunction from logging covers spotted owl habitat within 2.7 miles of the center of four circles of land in southwestern Washington that are owned by Weyerhaeuser. "It really shows the Endangered Species Act still has some teeth in...
  • Plan to Help Rare Owl by Killing Others

    04/27/2007 6:20:37 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 21 replies · 661+ views ^ | 4/27/2007 | TIM FOUGHT
    PORTLAND, Ore. - A few hundred aggressive cousins of the threatened northern spotted owl may be killed by government agents with shotguns under a proposed federal plan. The spotted owl was listed as threatened 17 years ago, and its numbers continue to dwindle through much of its range in the Pacific Northwest, federal officials said Thursday in proposing the plan to prevent the species from dying out. The barred owls have crowded their cousins, the spotted owls, out of prime habitat, sometimes even attacking them. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes that thinning the number of barred owls will...
  • No spot for this owl: U.S. Fish and Wildlife finds bird undeserving of endangered status

    05/27/2006 10:23:21 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 11 replies · 346+ views ^ | May 24, 2006 | Dylan Darling
    The federal government again has decided not to protect the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act. After almost a year of study, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied a petition by environmental groups to list the owl, saying population numbers don't warrant such a shield. It was the second time in three years the wildlife service has said Endangered Species Act protection is unnecessary. "The current population of the spotted owl is stable or increasing" in the state, said Steve Thompson, manager of the wildlife service's California and Nevada Operations office. Cousins of the California spotted owl...
  • Feds reject petition to list California spotted owl as endangered

    05/23/2006 8:56:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 406+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 5/23/06 | Juliana Barbassa - ap
    FRESNO – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday rejected a petition to list the California spotted owl under the Endangered Species Act, saying the population is stable and programs that prevent forest wildfires will allow it to thrive. The decision rankled the environmental groups that had requested protection of the speckled, football-sized owl. This was their second effort to list the bird in three years. The petition's denial was based in part on the recommendation of scientists commissioned to study the owl, said Steve Thompson, manager of the agency's California-Nevada operations office. They found that fires that creep...
  • Feds to Do Own Spotted Owl Recovery Plan

    04/03/2006 5:53:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 491+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/06 | Jeff Barnard - ap
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Citing federal budget cuts, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided it can't afford to pay an outside contractor to develop the long-overdue recovery plan for the northern spotted owl, so it will develop the blueprint for saving the threatened species from extinction on its own. "We had hoped to get a special funding allocation to handle a contractor who could help us with what will be a very labor intensive recovery planning process," said Fish and Wildlife spokesman David Patte. "It just didn't come to bear." The owl's dependence on old growth forests forced...
  • Abusive Prosecution Punished by Federal Judge

    03/31/2006 12:21:23 PM PST · by tpmintx · 18 replies · 860+ views
    Texas Monthly ^ | 4/1/2006 | S. C. Gwynne
    WHEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT sued Houston financier Charles Hurwitz in 1995 for more than a billion dollars, it seemed to many people that one of America’s most corrupt and notorious businessmen had finally been run to ground. He was accused of looting one of the biggest savings and loans in the state, United Savings Association of Texas, whose 1988 failure had cost taxpayers $1.6 billion. It was the usual, dreary story of eighties-era chicanery, said the government’s lawyers... Subscription required
  • De-prioritizing people

    03/28/2006 6:43:10 AM PST · by serendipity_kate · 1 replies · 471+ views ^ | 28 March 2006 | Jennifer Biddison
    Part of the problem is that the people who decide national policy are headquartered in Washington, D.C., where large plots of private property are rare. Those of us who live in urban or suburban areas imagine endangered species protection to be as simple as being kind to blue whales, grizzly bears and bald eagles. We don’t stop to consider the dilemmas facing people thousands of miles away from us. Bill Snape, Chairman of the Endangered Species Coalition, is an example of one who lives in either ignorance or denial. “There just aren’t private landowners that I can identify where the...
  • Forests grow, owls decline under [Clinton forest] plan

    04/25/2005 1:16:54 PM PDT · by forester · 39 replies · 1,676+ views
    Seatle Post Intelligenser ^ | Wednesday, April 20, 2005 · | By JEFF BARNARD
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A decade after the Clinton administration reduced logging in national forests in the Northwest, scientists have concluded the forests are growing, but the population of the threatened northern spotted owl has declined. Scientists reported Tuesday that the Northwest Forest Plan, adopted by the Clinton administration in 1994, resulted in an 80 percent reduction in logging on 24 million acres of land in western Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Since the plan was adopted, medium-aged to older forests have increased by 606,000 acres to 7.9 million acres, or to about 34 percent of all forest land in the...
  • Forests Grow, Owls Decline Under Plan

    04/20/2005 12:08:42 PM PDT · by The_Victor · 28 replies · 948+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | Wed Apr 20, 8:55 AM ET | Jeff Barnard
    PORTLAND, Ore. - A decade after the Clinton administration reduced logging in national forests in the Northwest, scientists have concluded the forests are growing, but the population of the threatened northern spotted owl has declined. Scientists reported Tuesday that the Northwest Forest Plan, adopted by the Clinton administration in 1994, resulted in an 80 percent reduction in logging on 24 million acres of land in western Washington, Oregon and Northern California. Since the plan was adopted, medium-aged to older forests have increased by 606,000 acres to 7.9 million acres, or to about 34 percent of all forest land in the...
  • Northern spotted owl to stay on threatened species list, but isn't endangered, government says

    11/18/2004 6:45:15 PM PST · by SmithL · 28 replies · 1,134+ views
    AP ^ | 11/18/4 | JEFF BARNARD
    GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- The northern spotted owl, the bird at the center of the Pacific Northwest logging wars, will stay on the threatened species list, the government said Thursday. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review said the spotted owl is still declining in numbers because of wildfires, logging on private land, the West Nile virus and the loss of territory to a more aggressive species, the barred owl. The spotted owl has been listed as threatened since 1990. To help save it, the government in 1994 cut logging by more than 80 percent in the Northwest's national forests....
  • Report shows shifts in wood product business

    08/28/2004 10:10:16 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 17 replies · 514+ views
    The Times-Standard ^ | August 26, 2004 | John Driscoll
    Report shows shifts in wood product business By John Driscoll The Times-Standard Thursday, August 26, 2004 - Despite a five-decade downward trend, a U.S. Forest Service and University of Montana report has found the future may be promising for the remaining California wood products industry. The amount of timber harvested in California in 2001 was less than two-thirds the average in the past 20 years. But the shifting industry still had some $2.3 billion in sales in 2000, according to the report by University of Montana Business Administration School research professor Charles Keegan. Humboldt County harvested some 435 million board...
  • Endangered [Spotted] Owl Now Threatened by Rival Species

    05/14/2004 10:01:28 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 41 replies · 401+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 5/14/04 | Michael Milstein
    The northern spotted owl. (2001 photo by Doug Beghtel) Endangered Owl Now Threatened by Rival Species BY MICHAEL MILSTEIN   PORTLAND, Ore. -- The northern spotted owl, whose protection under the Endangered Species Act since 1990 helped push logging of federal lands to near collapse, is faring worse now than it was five years ago, a new assessment has found. Spotted owl numbers have fallen by roughly half over the past decade in parts of Washington and Oregon's Warm Springs Reservation, and they have dwindled by nearly a quarter in sections of Oregon's Coast and Cascade ranges. In only...
  • Conservation Groups Sue to Protect California Spotted Owl; Bush Administration Increases Logging

    05/11/2004 8:29:02 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 20 replies · 178+ views
    Conservation Groups Sue to Protect California Spotted Owl; Bush Administration Increases Logging and Ignores Science 5/11/2004 3:52:00 PM -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- To: National Desk, Environment Reporter Contact: Greg Loarie of Earthjustice, 510-550-6725, or Noah Greenwald of CBD, 503-243-6643 SAN FRANCISCO, May 11 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Center for Biological Diversity and four other groups, represented by Earthjustice, filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today for wrongfully denying protection for the California spotted owl under the federal Endangered Species Act. The suit challenges the Fish and Wildlife Service's February 10, 2003 decision denying protection for the owl, which was...
  • Owl Sinks Jemez Logging (NM timber salvage sale)

    02/06/2004 7:04:23 PM PST · by CedarDave · 8 replies · 188+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 6, 2004 | Adam Rankin
    Concern over federally protected Mexican spotted owl habitat has derailed a logging project in the Jemez Mountains aimed at salvaging about 950 acres of burned national forest. Late Wednesday, U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo ruled the U.S. Forest Service illegally allowed logging on a patch of forest protected as owl habitat. The project, known as the Lakes and BMG timber salvage, was designed "to recover the timber value of fire-killed trees" and contribute to the regional economy, according to Forest Service documents, by logging trees burned in two 2002 fires. About 4,600 total acres were burned. Santa Fe-based Forest...
  • Judge Halts Logging in Spotted Owl Habitat (NM)

    01/18/2004 1:05:36 PM PST · by CedarDave · 16 replies · 182+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal (subscription required) ^ | Friday, January 16, 2004 | Adam Rankin
    Friday, January 16, 2004 Judge Halts Logging in Spotted Owl Habitat By Adam RankinJournal Northern Bureau    Environmentalists are declaring a legal victory, at least for now, in a battle to protect the habitat of federally protected Mexican spotted owls from a Jemez Mountain logging project aimed at salvaging about 950 acres of burned national forest.     Late Wednesday, Albuquerque federal district Judge Christina Armijo ruled that part of the timber salvage project should be put on hold until a second hearing Jan. 30.     The project, known as the Lakes and BMG timber salvage, was designed "to recover the timber...
  • Environmental groups plan lawsuit over spotted owl (Once is never enough with a man like "W")

    09/03/2003 2:08:45 PM PDT · by SierraWasp · 24 replies · 209+ views
    LATEST NEWS 10:34 AM PDT Wednesday Environmental groups plan lawsuit over spotted owlA coalition of environmental groups have signaled their intention to sue the federal government for denying the California spotted owl protected status under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Nevada Forest Protection Campaign and six other groups on Wednesday filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision in February to deny a petition filed by the groups seeking federal protection for the owl. Environmental groups say the owl, which inhabits old-growth forests in the...